UK subcontractor goes 3D with a TRUMPF laser cut & weld cell

SMF UK, a Leicester company specialising in precision sheet metal, laser cutting and fabrication, is further strengthening its already formidable portfolio of high-end machine tools by investing in a new TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 7040.

Able to perform both 3D laser cutting and 3D welding, the machine is now in situ at the company’s state-of-the-art 30,000 ft2 facility. The TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 7040 provides the perfect subcontract solution for any company that requires high-precision five-axis cutting and/or welding.

SMF UK has expertise in designing solutions for a wide range of industries, including architecture, automotive, electrical and medical. 

“At one point in time we did a lot of straightforward laser cutting and folding, but it didn’t provide much market differentiation and, with the emergence of competitors in low-cost economies, we felt the need to diversify into making actual products for customers,” explains Steve Morrison, Managing Director at SMF UK. “By way of example, today we make chassis that form part of access lifting platforms fitted to the back of pick-up trucks.”

“One capability missing from our portfolio was 3D work, hence our investment in the TRUMPF TruLaser Cell 7040, which can cut and weld in five axes,” says Mr Morrison.

The modular TruLaser Cell 7040 is a truly flexible machine for large 3D jobs. Those taking advantage can tap into benefits such as cost-effective production, excellent process reliability and the finest component quality.

“Speculative investments have worked out well for us previously and we’re convinced the TruLaser Cell 7040 will be the same; essentially we are introducing five-axis work into the subcontract market,” says Mr Morrison. “Any companies with requirements in 3D cutting and/or welding can benefit, and we’ll happily meet enquiries with a highly competitive quote. Our team here at SMF UK specialises in high-precision small-to-medium batch work, including 1-offs – our new TruLaser Cell 7040 is the ideal solution for needs of this type.”

“We have a really good working relationship with TRUMPF that spans over 20 years,” states Mr Morrison. “Other TRUMPF machines on site include a TruBend 7036 Cell Edition Robot press brake cell, a TruArc Weld 1000 automated welding cell and a TruMark Station laser marking cell, as well as TRUMPF TruLaser flat-bed (2D) laser cutters.”

Contact: Gerry Jones